USA forces shoot down another Iranian drone in Syria
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 24, 2017,
Jun 24, 2017, 22:25
In an indirect reference to Iranian-backed forces that have been gathering in the eastern desert region, a US -led coalition statement cited a recent escalation of tensions and said it would not "tolerate any hostile intent and action of pro-regime forces". Among US coalition members, Australia is carrying out one of the highest levels of airstrikes in both countries, though naturally they are all far fewer than US strikes.
Davis noted Monday that most of the coalition's air operations occur east of the Euphrates, where ISIS has a larger presence, and that the USA has not seen behavior from Russian Federation that would "cause us concern".
Drone was perceived as threat to USA troops.
"ADF are closely monitoring the air situation in Syria and a decision on the resumption of ADF air operations in Syria will be made in due course", the spokesman said.
It was an Iranian-made Shahed 129 and was thought to be armed and in firing range of U.S. troops.
US Central Command says he was killed by an air strike on 31 May in the eastern town of Mayadin.
Meanwhile, the USA and Russian militaries swapped accusations about an unsafe intercept involving a United States spy plane and a Russian fighter jet over the Baltic Sea.
"There is, therefore, a real risk of escalation, especially if, unlike in western Syria, the Americans insist on backing up their Syrian allies on the ground and there is no deal with Assad", he said.
The attack marks the third time this month that coalition warplanes have shot down a pro-Syrian government aircraft.
The Russian foreign ministry stressed that it would only be tracking coalition planes, but that "a threat for those jets may appear" if they were deemed to pose a threat to Russian aircraft.
The announcement from Canberra came as a brief, two-day truce collapsed in the southern Syrian city of Daraa and nearby areas where government forces have gained ground.
The area around At-Tanf has become a flashpoint between USA forces and militias, some of them backed by Iran, loyal to Assad. Russia, for instance, did not retaliate militarily after Turkey shot down its jet in 2015, he noted.
The Pentagon said as much, yesterday.
Both Syria's Su-22 and the US's F/A-18E Super Hornet are updated versions of 1970s aircraft, but Russian Federation and the USA both have much more advanced systems to bring to bear.
Danielle Pletka, senior vice president for foreign and defense policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, has advocated for more USA involvement in the civil war.